Oklahoma Twisters' Deadly Lesson: You Can't Run, So Hide


"The phrase 'Oklahoma strong' is more than just words, it is something that is shown," said Maj. Thomas Louden, commander for The Salvation Army in a press conference. "We will see the strength of this state, particularly the community, for what we can be as a people."

"This may not have been the May 3 [1999] tornado, but if you lost a loved one or lost a house, it was your equivalent of the May 3 tornado," Carson said during the press conference, referring to the 1999 tornado in Moore, Okla., that raged through the suburb at more than 300 miles per hour and and killed 36 people.

The NWS initially estimated that five tornadoes touched down in the Oklahoma City area Friday.

The Red Cross opened shelters for those in need at Christ's Church in Yukon, Okla., and Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla. In addition, the St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, which opened on May 20 after a powerful tornado hit Moore, would remain open for storm victims.

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The massive E-5 tornado that ripped through Moore 11 days ago killed 24 people, smashing schools and hospitals, and flattening neighborhoods.

Road Congested During Storm

Randolph said the area roads were still extremely congested early today, particularly I-40 and I-35.

"Several spots are impassable whether it's high water or power lines that are down," she said. "We've had multiple crashes, some of which are probably going to be there for a while as we're unable to get wreckers to clear the roadway."

She added that troopers were being told to push vehicles off I-40 to clear the roadway.

Local hospitals reported receiving at least 89 patients, four critical, with three fatalities among them.

Integris Health Southwest, which had three hospitals in the area, reported most of the patients, including the two dead -- the mother and baby from I-40. One of its hospitals also had a baby in critical condition.

Mercy Hospital in El Reno reported receiving 13 patients, one dead on arrival and two in critical condition.

Oklahoma University Medical Center, the only level 1 trauma center in the state, reported two adult patients whose conditions were unclear. OU also runs The Children's Hospital, where there were six pediatric patients, two transferred from Integris.

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Gov. Mary Fallin told ABC News Friday evening that there were power outages, flooding and flipped trucks on interstates amid apparent tornados.

"We're real concerned about the people that are on the highways," Fallin said, noting the worst of the storm hit during the evening rush hour.

"It hit during a time when people were getting off work," Fallin said. "They knew the storms where coming in, so people were going home."

Moore City Manager Steve Eddy, driving around Moore after the latest storm, told ABC News Friday evening that he saw minor flooding and power outages, but no immediate evidence of tornado activity.

There were about 125,000 power outages reported statewide with 95,618 just in the Oklahoma City metro area.

Flash flooding remains the biggest weather threat today as the National Weather Service issued flash flooding warnings for central and eastern Oklahoma.

ABC News' Bonnie McLean, Dan Childs, Erin Koehane, Michael Kreisel and Wendy Fisher contributed to this report.

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